Who doesn’t stand in wonder in front of a John Singer Sargent painting?  If you have never had this experience, I would recommend it.  He was one of the foremost American portrait painters of the 19th and early 20th century and I would classify him as the best!  He excelled at making his fluid paint strokes appear effortless.   Each stroke is in the right place with the right color and value.  My daughter and I were at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston one day shortly after the new American Wing opened standing in front of the painting by Sargent entited,  Mrs. Fiske Warren and her Daughter Rachel.   As we stood in front of it gazing at the genius of his painting, we decided that just like the art students of old, we would attempt to understand John Singer Sargent’s painting techniques a little better by attempting to reconstruct a sections of this paintings.   We selected  some interesting passages and attempted to duplicate.   It is a terrific way to learn!

The finished grouping of five oil paintings, two done by my daughter and three by me is now hanging over my sofa!  It never ceases to make me smile.  (again, sorry about the glare on some…).  The original paintings by Sargent follows each of my, or my daughter’s, painting.

My painting of the daughter’s face from Mrs. Fiske Warren and Her Daughter Rachel, after John Singer Sargent:

Face study

My painting of the hands…

Hand study

The beautiful painting, Mrs. Fiske Warren and her Daughter Rachel, by Sargent:

The next two paintings were done from Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent.  My daughter did the first and I did the second.

Face and chair detail, by daughter Callie Zabilski

Arm study

The original painting,  Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent

Daughter, Callie, did this abstraction of The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, it is also located at the MFA in Boston.  We stand in front of this painting quite a bit as well.  Callie zoomed in on the young girl’s pinafore against the porcelain urn for an interesting image.  The image has unfortunate glare from reflected light….will update this with a better photograph but this gives you the idea.

Original painting of The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, by John Singer Sargent:

Below is a pastel study of El Jaleo, by Sargent.  The stunning original is hanging in the Isabella Steward Gardner museum in Boston, MA.  Unfortunately, I did not photograph this painting before I framed it, therefore the image has some reflections. My painting below is for sale, please contact me if you are interested.

The original El Jaleo, by John Singer Sargent:

This small 7×9 pastel (sold) was done after studying anther favorite, Repose, by Sargent:

The original Repose by John Singer Sargent:

My study of  Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose, (sold)  again by Sargent:


The original Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose by John Singer Sargent:

If you have a favorite painting that you would enjoy a study of, I would be happy to oblige! It is a credit to the creator, a learning experience for the student of the painting and a pleasure for the beholder.  Please contact me for more information: